Beatles Ashram - Beatles Ashram Rishikesh
Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh (Maharishi Mahesh Yogi)
Duo of yoga calling you once again in Beatles Ashram
(12 Jan 1918 Mahershi birthday / 16 Feb 1968 Beatles arrived at Rishikesh)
Until a few weeks ago, this abandoned ashram in Rishikesh was just a ruin. But years ago, it used to receive pilgrims from all parts of the world. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi ashram is located in a beautiful spot within the Rajaji National Park with the river Ganga flowing quietly behind it. It got the world's attention when it briefly housed the band members of the legendary English rock band The Beatles in 1968. But with time everyone forgot that, and the ashram turned into a ruin after it was abandoned in 1997.
After being ignored for years, Uttarakhand's Forest Department has finally converted the ashram into an eco-friendly tourism destination. Nature walks, bird watching, and a visit to the ashram are on offer for an entry fee of Rs 150 for Indian nationals and Rs 600 for foreigners. On the special occasion of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s 100th birthday & 50th anniversary of Beatle’s visited India & they (Uttarakhand Forest Department) are organizing grand gathering in January 2017.
The Beatles were one of the most popular music bands in 1960's throughout the world. Beatles visited Rishikesh in 1968 for meditation. After this visit Rishikesh suddenly came in limelight through out the world. Beatles came here to learn transcendental meditation at Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Ashram.
The Beatles first met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in London (1967). Later they also attended seminar of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Wales. The Beatles were attracted to his meditation and teachings. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi invited them to his ashram in Rishikesh for advance learning. In February, 1968 Beatles came here at the ashram along with their family, support staff and few reporters.
The main purpose of their visit to this ashram was to get advanced training about the Transcendental Meditation. Sessions were conducted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi himself at his ashram. According to many people this whole time of the group at Rishikesh Ashram was their most productive time period. Media was continuously tracking them during their stay. Later Beatles accepted Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as their Guru and became their disciples. Even George Harrison also arranged music concert for benefit of Natural law party which was associated with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
Some people believe that the Beatles were feeling so much stress due to constant media attention and fame. Even their internal relations were also effected. Their tour of Rishikesh gave them new vision to their life. The Maharishi also helped the band in at the time of loss of their manager, Brian Epstein. The Maharishi Mahesh Yogi also inspired the beatles band to maintain good thoughts.
After The Beatles visit to Rishikesh, the city came into limelight and became a popular destination among the international tourists. Not only had that but their visit also changed opinion of the western world about Indian spirituality. Yoga and meditation become new trend and Rishikesh become hub for the yoga and meditation internationally. Later Rishikesh became Yoga Capital of the World, Rishikesh is constantly inspiring and helping people which are looking for peace and stress free life.
The ashram is now closed after the death of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram is now also known as The Beatles Ashram.
How to Reach Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
This ashram is now famous as Beatles ashram. Ashram is officially closed. Still the construction is safe. Its very hard to find the location of Beatles Ashram. The Beatles Ashram is located in Swargashram area. There is road from the Ram Jhula which has Gita Bhawan and Parmath NIketan Ashram. At the end of that road you will see old closed iron gate of The Beatles Ashram.
The Beatles ashram is 700 meters far from Parmarth Niketan Ashram and 1 kms far from Ram Jhula. The Ashram is around 04 kms far from Rishikesh Railway Station. And 3 kms far from Lakshman Jhula.
Current Situation and Entrance Rules of Beatles Ashram
The Beatles ashram is officially closed now and the whole area is under Government control. Still there are old buildings of ashram is there. No one is living here right now. Buildings are not maintained so they are dirty. If you want to visit this place don't try to visit alone. There is watchman at the gate. Officially entrée is prohibited but people unofficially visit this ashram offering some money to the watchman.